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Texas Nuclear Weapons Plant Cited for Safety Issues

Experts have recommended improving operating and training procedures after inspectors raised concerns about explosives safety at the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and dismantling plant. A letter to Pantex from the U.S. Department of Energy cites six incidents since August …

Japan Set to Restart Reactors After Nuclear Crisis

Japan is moving a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors as utilities are set to ask for safety inspections at their idled reactors, the clearest sign of a return to nuclear energy nearly two and a half years after the …

Japan Vows to Tighten Nuke Safety After Accident

Japan pledged better safety practices for its troubled nuclear industry Tuesday after an accident at a government research facility that exposed 33 people to minor excess radiation and had not been immediately disclosed. Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura, whose agency oversees …

TVA: No Problems Found in Nuclear Plant Safety Tests

Tennessee Valley Authority officials say tests of safety systems at its newest nuclear reactor have not detected any problems despite issues with the documentation of certain parts. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that the update came during a status …

Nuclear Chief Says U.S. Plants Safer After Japan Tragedy; Watchdog Disagrees

Two years after the nuclear crisis in Japan, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, though not trouble-free. A watchdog group calls that assessment overly rosy. “The performance is quite good,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission …

Older Nuclear Plants Pose Safety Challenge: U.N. Report

Eighty percent of the world’s nuclear power plants are more than 20 years old, which could impact safety, a draft U.N. report says a year after Japan’s Fukushima disaster. Many operators have begun programs, or expressed their intention, to run …

Nuke Plant Workers Need More Emergency Training, Says U.S.

Some U.S. nuclear power plants have not trained their workers properly about emergency guidelines intended to protect the public in the event of a severe accident or disaster, according to federal regulators. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said inspections conducted …

Safety of U.S. Nuclear Plants Under Review

The top U.S. nuclear regulator has approved the launch of a safety review of U.S. nuclear reactors sought by President Barack Obama in response to the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted to create an …